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CAP Committee - This committee is the worksite political-legislative arm of the local union and is the vital workplace political activator. While CAP
priorities are developed by Convention action – implemented by the National CAP Department through the regions and our network of CAP Councils – the
Citizenship and Legislative Committee is the basic link with our members at work in assisting the implementation of voter registration and get-out-
the-vote drives, dollar drives, letter writing campaigns, and publicizing the issues and positions of public officials. The agenda includes protecting
worker rights, fair trade, new initiatives for working families, health and safety and other issues that affect working families. The committee also
encourages special groups at the worksite – youth, women, minorities – to become active.
Civil Rights Committee - Members of this committee fulfill the local union's commitment to assure members' full rights regardless of
religion,race,creed,color,sex,political affiliation nationality, age,disability,marital status or sexual orientation. The committee works towards the
elimination of discrimination in the work place,community and Nation.
Community Services Committee - This Committee works through public and private organizations to assure that members faced with problems in emergency
situations get relief when needed. Strike insurance benefits are handled by this committee when local unions are forced to demonstrate their economic
Conservation and Recreation Committee - Members of this committee provide a variety of opportunities that fall into two categories. Recreation, which
includes leisure time activities such as picnics bowling leagues and etc.. Conservation, which includes environmental concerns such as clean water,
developing parks and other environmental concerns.
Constitution and Bylaws Committee - This committee set out the rule by which the local Union Operates with the constitution. Members of this committee
are responsible for submitting original and/or amended bylaw provisions to the local union membership for discussion and approval. The committee
monitors the required local union bylaws amendment procedure to ensure compliance with the current bylaws and constitutional provisions.
Consumer Affairs Committee - Members of this committee strive to keep the membership informed on various consumer protection activities such as child
labor, truth in lending truth in packaging,advertising,utilities,consumer fraud and credit.
Education Committee - The education committee provides classes,materials and information based on membership needs such as new membership
orientation,leaders in action union involvement and planning.
Union Label Committee - This committee helps to emphasize the importance of supporting those goods and services produced by union under union won
working conditions. This Committee brings those products to the attention of our members.
Veterans Committee - The veterans committee is dedicated to advocating for political and social concerns of veterans.
Women's Committee - The Women's Committee works to further the gains of women in the workplace as well as society. This Committee informs and educates
to broaden the scope of traditional women's roles.
Chaplaincy Committee - This committee works to support our fellow members during times of stress,hardship and need. The committee does not exist to
promote religion of any kind and anyone with a caring heart can be a member of the Chaplaincy Committee regardless of religious, gender or social
Skilled Trades Committee – This committee voices concerns with respect to skilled trades issues and is involved with community outreach where their
particular skills may be of use.
Newspaper Committee - This committee puts together a publication that informs and educates the local membership. Members have experience in writing,
graphic design, websites and social media.
Solidarity Committee - This committee works in solidarity with the other unions and working people struggling for fairness, respect and justice on
their jobs and in their community.
Worker to Worker - This committee is a program that must reach all levels of our membership. To accomplish this formal structure endures that every
member will be contacted. This committee will consist of one coordinator, organizers, communicators and members to communicate with the membership.
UAW, LOCAL 551
If you are looking to get more involved with you union and/or community, you may want to consider one of the standing committees below. If Interested
stop at the union hall and see President Chris Pena.
More Retiree Important Telephone
Important #'s and links
Retiree Health Care Connect 1-866-637-7555
Learn about the TRUST and your Benefits
(Check pension stub, TESPHE, change direct deposit, tax
UAW Medical Benefits Trust
Manage your Health care
State Street 1-800-248-4444
Retirement Board 1-800-829-8833
Delta Dental 1-800-524-0149
Search for a Participating Dentist click here
select PPO network dentist for most savings
Retiree Board Members
Carl Bishop - Chairman
Lester Long - 1st Vice Chairman
Harry Neumaier - 2nd vice chairman
Frankie Rockhill - Recording Secretary
Stephanie Overton - Financial Secretary
Dick Olde - Sergeant-At-Arms
Surviving Spouse Benefit contacts
Delta Dental Benefits
Summary plan description
Plan Document Click Here
Click to view a video version of the 2015 benefits
2015 Benefit Highlights Print Version
Local 551 retiree workers chapter.
Harry Neumaier, Stephanie Overton, Frankie Rockhill, Carl
Bishop, Lester Long And Dickie Odel
Need assistance filing for Social Security Disability?
Public Consulting group can help 1-877-522-1061
TUITION ASSISTANCE GUIDELINES:
These Guidelines Will Be In Effect Beginning June 1, 2010
Active Employees (ETAP)
$5,000 per year for college credited classes towards a degree
$200.00 (of the $5,000) per year for book reimbursement
Retired Employees (RETAP)
$1,750 per year for approved classes
Retirees can take classes offered to the active employees on a space available basis at the Plant, Local or Region they retired from or another Ford facility offering classes to the active employees
If no Ford facility is available within a 50 mile radius of the retiree; the retiree can take a college credited course towards a degree-from an approved college or university in the area
Laid Off Employees
Up to $8,400 one time amount depending on years with the Company to be used for approved courses at approved
institutions, maximum $5,250 ETAP/NVRAP per year.
Tuition Assistance is a pre-paid program. Administration of the Program is as Follows:
It is strongly recommended to apply in advance so you are sure your selected class is approved.
ETAP (Active Employees) – Applications must be submitted no later than 45 days after the start date of class. Book
reimbursement must be for an approved college credit course, applied for after the official drop/add period has ended and submitted no later than 90 days after the course start date
RETAP (Eligible Retiree – Tuition Assistance) – Applications must be submitted no later than 45 days after the start date of the class. No book reimbursement or on line courses for RETAP
NVRAP (Laid Off Employees) – Applications must be submitted no later than 45 days after the start date of the class
Labor Studies Classes (Active and Eligible Retired – Employees) – Requires pre-approval
Only for active employees who attend an approved school that does not accept the Tuition Assistance Approval Voucher
The Active/Retired/Laid off employee must submit an original official tuition voucher to the provider within the 90 day period of the class start date and follow up to determine they have billed the tuition assistance department
Vouchers expire nine (9) months after the start date of the class. No payment will be made for providers beyond this date.
Please note that employees are responsible for assuring the school has billed the Center and that payment has been received
Unused vouchers must be returned to the Tuition Assistance Department with VOID written on them to have your account adjusted and class voided
UAW ESSP / Education
Willisha "Pechez" Ruff
and Yolanda"Yoggi" Anderson
For further assistance with ETAP, call 800-FORD-UAW (800-367-3829)
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A - crew
Fridays Starting May 1st @ 9:30am
B – Crew
Mondays Starting April 27th @ 12:00pm
C – Crew
Wednesdays Starting April 29th @ 10:00 am
Active EE Benefits
NESC / ACS 1-800-248-4444
TESPHE 1-800-248-4444 www.myfordbenefits.com
Pay stub online www.at.ford.com
A-PLAN 1-800-348-7709 www.axz.ford.com
UAW/FORD Legal Services 1-708-868-7520
Unicare Life Insurance 1-800-843-8184 www.Unicare.com/ford
Optional Life Insurance
Unicare Disability Pay 1-877-475-9652
Unicare must be notified within 20 days of your disability for
accident and sickness benefits to be paid.
To Change your Insurance Provider 1-800-248-4444 0r MyFordbenefits.com
To change your HMO Primary care Doctor contact your Insurance Provider
New Insurance will take effect on the first day of the second month Following the day
in which you make the change of insurance.
If you have Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Insurance
Member Inquiries BCBS PPO 1-800-482-5146 Other Important #'s
Going to be out of town? Don't caught out of network (for non-emergency)
Find an In network doctor
Need to check the status of your bills or get a new E.O.B.? (Explanation of Benefits)
DME 1-800-810-2583.. (Durable Medical Equipment) or
to find a provider provider.bcbs.com
ESI (formerly Merck Medco) 1-800-778-0735 www.express-scripts.com
(Mail order Pharmacy)
SVS Vision provider network 1-800-225-3095 www.svsvision.com
Theramatrix Outpatient Physical therapy 1-888-638-8786
provider search www.theramatrix.com/
Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO – Illinois
Member inquiries 1-800-892-2803 www.bcbsil.com
Questions Regarding prescription benefits 1-800-423-1973
Questions Regarding a placed prescription 1-800-275-7204
Vision Provider Finder www.davisvision.com use open enrollment code (4513) or
Davis Vision phone 1-877-393-8844
Delta Dental Effective 1/1/2015
www.Deltadentalmi.com 1- 844-223-8520
Benefits Quick Reference
Who to call when an
employee passes away
Going on a medical or FMLA
leave? There are new
reporting procedures that
have taken effect. Click below
to learn more
New Medical Leave
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